Jaroslav Kulhavy finished the final UCI World Cup race in the Italian Val di Sole in the fourth place and he kept the bronze position in the overall ranking. He has met, after the triumph at the ABSA Cape Epic and the victory in front of the home crowds in Nove Mesto Na Morave, his target of this year season.
“The beginning of the hill didn´t fit me, I was losing there and had to reach the others again. But after the failure in America I am very glad today. I didn´t know what I should expect from myself. I was a little bit over-trained because we were trying a new model after Lenzerheide with a high-altitude model and together with travelling it was just too much. I did my maximum on this track,” said smiling Jaroslav after the race. In the first half of the race he was fighting in the leading group along with Schurter, Absalon and Vogel, but he couldn´t follow them in the severe climbs so he concentrated on keeping the overall third position.
“The World Cup podium was my goal of this year and I am very glad that that I have met it. The first half of the season was perfect but I regret the failure in the oversea races…. Today it is a small end of the season for me, only the World Championship is left, high in the mountains, which I do not like. I am not travelling to Andorra with a special tactic I do not expect too much. But of course I will do my best. It is very important for me that I am back again before the Olympics and I can win again,” added Jara.
The overall 2015 World Cup ranking:
1. Nino Schurter /SUI/ 1350 point
2. Julien Absalon /FRA/ 1110
3. Jaroslav Kulhavý /CZE/ 932
4. Florian Vogel /SUI/ 784
5. Mathias Flückiger 724